Update 2014-01-29: It has just been announced that the arm/armv6 snapshot images for Raspberry Pi are now being pushed up to the FreeBSD FTP servers on a weekly basis. You can download a copy from your local FreeBSD FTP mirror, in the
Update 2014-01-28: Glen Barber kindly published this SD image of the recent FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE, which has also made huge progress in supporting the hardware. So just grab that for the easiest way to install (of course you can still build your own too).
Update 2012-10-30: Updated image and instructions to latest CVS - now with root on SD
I've set up a VM and built the image myself - here's the result.
Although there's been lots of progress, keep in mind it's still early days and you're playing around with prerelease code. Don't put this in production.
Stuff that isn't working yet (in this particular checkout):
- USB keyboard (at least mine doesn't work, despite being recognised - YMMV)
- U-boot doesn't seem to care about uEnv.txt, so the root fs location is hardcoded in the kernel
- The build has lots of debug options enabled, so don't go benchmarking it
- This is FreeBSD-CURRENT on a newly added platform - expect it to blow up in your face and burn holes in your carpet
FreeBSD image for Raspberry Pi
Not scared yet? Fine, grab my prebuilt image:
Decompress this and write it to a SD card (at least 1 GB), then plug it in your Raspberry Pi and power it up. The framebuffer works, so after a few seconds you should see boot messages scrolling by and if you have a network cable plugged in you should eventually see a DHCP assigned address.
Now you can ssh in, using login root and password raspberry:
FreeBSD 10.0-CURRENT (RPI-Bsc) #10: Tue Oct 30 17:23:44 GMT 2012
Welcome to FreeBSD!
(optional) Building your own
This being CURRENT, it's bound to be out of date by the time you read this. So if you want the latest version, you can do what I did and build it. To do so, you need to follow FreeBSD-CURRENT, grab my build script and RPS-Bsc kernel config (goes into
/usr/src/sys/arm/conf/) and run it. Depending on your machine, this could take a few hours.
Good luck and thanks to the nice people making FreeBSD.